Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (549, 550)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

549. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of pre-committed expenditure for the serviced site fund in 2020, 2021 and 2022. [38491/19]

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Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

550. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the budget 2019 announcement of an additional €300 million in the serviced site fund over three years is pre-committed expenditure in each of the years concerned or if it will be announced separately as part of each budget. [38492/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 549 and 550 together.

As part of budget 2019 the Government has confirmed an overall allocation of €310 million under the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF) in order to support the delivery of more affordable homes to buy or rent. This funding is being made available to local authorities to provide infrastructure support which will thereafter allow for the delivery of over 6,000 homes at prices with a significant discount on open market rates.

Over the period from 2019 to 2021, the available Exchequer contribution to the Serviced Site Fund will be €275 million, with €35 million to be contributed by local authorities. Over the course of this multi-annual funding stream, local authorities will be invited to submit project applications under periodic ‘Calls for Proposals’. Two calls have been made under the fund to date and details of all successful projects are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following links:

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-approves-10-local-authority-sites-affordable-housing-serviced-sites-fund/.

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-approves-funding-of-e84m-to-support-delivery-of-1770-affordable-homes-under-the-ssf/ .

In summary, Approval in Principle has been granted to 35 projects and funding of approximately €127 million, to support the delivery of almost 3,200 homes. While more focused on urban areas, and building at scale on local authority sites, the Fund remains in place for the provision of housing in all locations where there is a proven affordability challenge. Further calls under the Serviced Sites Fund will be made in due course.

Any budgetary decisions relating to the period after 2021 will be a matter for the Government at that time.